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    We got a prompt book from 5 and bellow. We're going to get Easy grams: ultimate series grade 10 $14, Life of Fred Chemistry $30, A People's History of the United States $15, and EP American lit. $7 (to kill a mocking bird) total $66.

    That's what I'm thinking right now for the remainder of the year. He use to love life of Fred math so hopefully that will come across in Science. A people's history of United States if right up his alley but it'll have to be tempered with documentaries and other stuff. Daily grams he did well at when he was real young. I really cant find anything other then EP american lit that is cheap. So we'll stick with that for now and see how it goes.
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    First, here's the Bright Futures award chart with eligibility requirements: SAT/ACT scores and volunteer hours (obviously meeting graduation requirements as well). I haven't read the fine print but will do that once we hit high school. However, I've yet to hear of a family having difficulty obtaining the scholarship if test scores and volunteer hours meet minimum requirements. It seems to be one of the easier scholarships to receive. Perhaps you can call Bright Futures to discuss and alleviate your concerns. 1-888-827- 2004

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    Our daughter is 13 1/2, an 8th grader, but is enrolled in classes for high school credits as well. She's taken classes through FLVS flex program (designed for homeschool students) and the suggested minutes/hours of work time are listed on each section. We've found that it takes less time to complete the work than the suggested time frame; other homeschool friends have similar experiences. Since FLVS is free, I'd recommend that you speak with a counselor who can help you determine the best path for your son and identify appropriate level courses. Your son is definitely in the wrong classes if it's taking a full day to complete one FLVS assignment. The counselors have been most helpful to us. Give them a try.

    As to your original question, our day is much longer this year - 6 to 7 hours. Our daughter is taking: Physics (Clover Creek); ASL II (CurrClick); Algebra II (Mr D Math); Human Geography (Sterling Academy) and Psychology (Sterling Academy). The Sterling classes are very challenging for her so we are moving at a slower pace. However, the content is excellent; she especially likes psychology.

    Good luck! I hope you find curriculum that suit your son's needs.

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    My husband is going to call bright future. My son got a call from a former teacher that wants my son to switch to his class instead of dropping the course. We are going to talk to him about our concerns and see what his ideas are.

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    Life of Fred science is not secular, just FYI. Not sure what problems there are in the chemistry. If free/cheap is the priority, the CK-12 texts are excellent options.

    Do you need to do grammar still? What's your grammar philosophy? I think the focus in 10th grade should strongly be writing skills, not grammar. So think about whether a slapdash prompt book is enough - it absolutely could be if you're supporting it right. There are some good trade pb essay books - Lively Art of Writing is one, though it's woefully old-fashioned... let me think about what might be better if you're interested.

    People's History is a great book and there are some good supporting materials for it. I wouldn't consider it complete for a US history high school survey, just because it's so biased. I would pair it with a more traditional text and/or some other materials.

    Here's a thought... does your library have that service where you can stream the Great Courses for free? What about doing some Coursera or EdX courses? EdX has some great high school specific offerings (and it's free). Just trying to open up your options.

    I think you're smart to go out on your own and get away from the virtual academy and Easy Peasy.

    It's a balancing act with the time. On the one hand, there is something of a set body of knowledge you need to cover to call a class "geometry" or "US history" (though I suppose you can always call it "Topics in US History" on the transcript if you need to). On the other hand, kids can only do what they can do.

    Are you concerned about his difficulties answering those questions and understanding how to answer them? I think I'd be concerned about a kid that age not being able to process that sort of thing after the first couple of times struggling. I'm assuming it's not always such a straightforward mistake. But being able to distill the question and then come up with a succinct answer is absolutely an essential critical thinking skill for this age. And it's probably worth stopping what you're doing to back up and figure out how to teach it.
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    We think his asd is getting in the way of understanding simple questions. Which is a concern. He's definitely regressed. The grammar is a way to make sure he has his writing skills on level without a lot of writing a long with two 30 min prompt response. I'll check if my library has great courses but I kind of want to do stuff offline.




    We talked to his teacher and his teacher wants him to get an iep or 504 right away. He actually seemed upset my son didnt have it last year because of his asd/add. Then we'll extend his school year so he'll finish US history class next May. He wants us to inform the other teachers we'really going after extended time/school year. So he'll only have 1-2 assignments a week per class. He's sure he can teach Miguel the material as he's worked with him before. There's a lot of critical thinking and his ability to understand the question is an issue.

    If this doesn't work then there's no harm in dropping the classes like planned but he wants the iep/504 in place for the Sat/Act and college. I feel weird having him in advance classes but have an iep/504. However the teacher assures us that he's capable of the work just needs more time to collect and organize his thoughts.

    We don't want him to be labeled or iep but his teacher thinks it is time. We've avoided it long enough I guess. He'll need it for college.

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    The IEP is a must. I hope the process goes smoothly for you. There's really nothing wrong with labels when you're using them to milk the system to get what you need - not letting the system define you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguel'smom View Post
    We think his asd is getting in the way of understanding simple questions. Which is a concern. He's definitely regressed. The grammar is a way to make sure he has his writing skills on level without a lot of writing a long with two 30 min prompt response. I'll check if my library has great courses but I kind of want to do stuff offline.


    If this doesn't work then there's no harm in dropping the classes like planned but he wants the iep/504 in place for the Sat/Act and college. I feel weird having him in advance classes but have an iep/504. However the teacher assures us that he's capable of the work just needs more time to collect and organize his thoughts.

    We don't want him to be labeled or iep but his teacher thinks it is time. We've avoided it long enough I guess. He'll need it for college.

    Just wandered in after a long absence, and found this post. Miguel'smom you are describing cohesion and memory issues with auditory processing. My 14 year old also cannot remember from the beginning to the end of a complex sentence what the speaker is talking about. As part of is IEP triennial testing they did an auditory processing test that looked at the ability to hold auditory information in his head and manipulate what he was hearing. What you described up post, was exactly the problem they found. We have had to do significant changes in how he learns to accommodate quite a few issues including auditory processing and dysgraphia (writing). He has significant problems with getting information from his brain to his hands. But he understand everything.

    My younger son will also have accommodations for the ACT/SAT and all AP or subject tests. We are in the process of setting that up now. Remember, intelligence has nothing to do with needing accommodations. It is about evening the playing fields to make sure your child has time to process information that other students can processes easily, because they do not have any kind of disability. My kid also needs breaks because of attentional issues as well as a smaller setting due to distractions. These are necessary for his success.

    My older son had an IEP since he was 4 and graduated top of his class and is now in college. The IEP stayed all through school. The younger one has an IEP now for high school with our charter and will need accommodations so that he has a fair chance at the same opportunities as his typical peers do. Accommodations make things fair. Smart and advanced have nothing to do with it.
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